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China: Xi Jinping Elected to Key Congress of Communist Party

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was elected unanimously to the National Congress. Credit: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was elected unanimously to the National Congress. Credit: Reuters

Beijing: President Xi Jinping has been unanimously elected as a delegate to the National Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Guizhou provincial party unit.

Sixty-three-year-oldXi, regarded as the most powerful leader of the People’s Republic of China – heading the party, military and the government – will complete his first five-year term during the 19th party congress to be held later this year and start his second five-year term.

Under the CPC system, leaders have a ten-year tenure.

A total of 2,300 delegates to the National Congress, slated for the second half of 2017, are being elected by 40 electoral units across the country. The election will be completed by June.

Xi was nominated by the CPC central committee as a candidate for delegate to the 19th National Congress and the nomination put to vote in the Guizhou electoral unit.

The announcement of Xi’s unanimous election yesterday won a burst of long and warm applause at the provincial congress, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The unanimous election of Xi by more than 730 provincial congress delegates represents the shared aspiration of more than 1.7 million CPC members in Guizhou and the wholehearted support of over 40 million residents, the delegates said.

The CPC congress, which typically convenes once every five years, is of great importance. It hears and deliberates on reports of the central committee and the central commission for discipline inspection.

At the National Congress, delegates also elect a new central committee and a new anti-graft body.

(PTI)